I wrote this article to help you remove NMoreira Ransomware. This NMoreira Ransomware removal guide works for all Windows versions.
NMoreira is a nasty ransomware infection which targets mainly Portuguese users. However, this absolutely does not mean that it cannot infect you anywhere in the world. Distance and location have never been a problem for cyber threats. So, if you are currently stuck with NMoreira, prepare yourself. This ransomware has some features similar to the notorious AiraCrop threat. Also, researchers believe that NMoreira is linked with the Team Xrat pest as well. Either way, this doesn’t really matter. NMoreira is dreaded and must be removed ASAP. It was created for one purpose only: to help crooks steal your money.
Let me explain how this ransomware works. For starters, it slithers in your system in complete silence and you only notice it when it is too late. Once in, NMoreira doesn’t waste time. The first thing it does is to perform a thorough scan on your PC searching for files to encrypt. You should know that it doesn’t take long before it finds them all. And when this happens, all your pictures, videos, music, files, documents, presentations, work-related data get locked with a strong encryption algorithm.
The ransomware encrypts everything you have stored on your machine and you no longer have access to it. All of your data has been turned into useless empty icons. You see them but you cannot use them. What is more, the ransomware adds its pesky “.maktub” extension at the end of each locked file. Ironically, this extension has nothing to do with the actual Maktub ransomware. Anyway, seeing this add-on means that the encryption process has finished and all of your data is being kept hostage. Trying to rename it or move it into another folder does nothing too. Everything you have is effectively locked and there is nothing you can do.
Actually, according to the crooks, there is one thing you can do and it, of course, includes money. As already mentioned, money is all ransomware pieces` only goal. Once the encryption process is over, NMoreira drops its ransom note, named Recupere seus arquivos. Leia-me!.txt. In this note, the crooks explain your unpleasing situation and provide you with what seems like to be the only solution. You are required to pay a hefty amount of money in order to receive a special decryption tool. The hackers promise that once you pay, they will send you the tool and you would be able to recover all of your data. But, there is a catch. How can you be sure that these cybercriminals will keep their end of the bargain? That’s right, you can`t. And most of the time, they don’t.
All they care about is getting your money. Sending you a decrypter is their very last concern. The chances are you are going to end up double-crossed with no money and still encrypted files. Or, let`s say that they do send you the tool and it does work. You will recover your files but then what? The key doesn’t remove the ransomware itself. It remains on your machine ready to strike again anytime. You can get your files locked again in a couple of hours.
So, do you see why you cannot win by paying? It is a lose-lose situation for you. For the crooks, on the other hand, it cannot be better. They will use your money for more malware creation and will expand their business. If you don’t want to become a sponsor of crooks, keep your money and keep reading. We have a removal guide which will help you get rid of NMoreira AND recover your files. All you have to do is follow the step in the exact order shown.
But how did you end up stuck with the nasty NMoreira? It is safe to say that you didn’t download it on purpose and yet, you are the one responsible for its entrance. How? Well, ransomware pieces need your permission to get it and they use tricks to get it. Trick like spam emails, for example. Sometimes crooks send a malicious mail straight to your regular inbox and you do the rest by opening it without thinking. Never open an email from an unknown sender. Delete it immediately as, the chances are, it delivers an infection.
Another method includes Trojan horses. You should check your machine for more infections as NMoreira may not be alone. Moreover, be extra careful with bundled software. Don’t skip the Terms and Conditions and don’t rush the process. By doing so you are only helping the pest. Always be on the alert online. What infections need the most is your distraction and your carelessness. Don’t provide it.
NMoreira Ransomware Removal
Method 1: Restore your encrypted files using ShadowExplorer
Usually, NMoreira Ransomware deletes all shadow copies, stored in your computer. Luckily, the ransomware is not always able to delete the shadow copies. So your first try should be restoring the original files from shadow copies.
- Download ShadowExplorer from this link: http://www.shadowexplorer.com/downloads.html.
- Install ShadowExplorer
- Open ShadowExplorer and select C: drive on the left panel
- Choose at least a month ago date from the date field
- Navigate to the folder with encrypted files
- Right-click on the encrypted file
- Select “Export” and choose a destination for the original file
Method 2: Restore your encrypted files by using System Restore
- Go to Start –> All programs –> Accessories –> System tools –> System restore
- Click “Next“
- Choose a restore point, at least a month ago
- Click “Next“
- Choose Disk C: (should be selected by default)
- Click “Next“. Wait for a few minutes and the restore should be done.
Method 3: Restore your files using File Recovery Software
If none of the above method works, you should try to recover encrypted files by using File Recovery Software. Since NMoreira Ransomware first makes a copy of the original file, then encrypts it and deletes the original one, you can successfully restore the original, using a File Recovery Software. Here are a few free File Recovery Software programs: